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The AIA 2030 Commitment welcomes 48 new signatories since the start of this year, spanning across 20 states and two countries. AMD Architecture Salt Lake City, UT Andrew L. Pettit, Architect New York, NY Architects FORA Mountain View, CA Architectural Collaborative LLC Athens, GA Arcturis St. Louis, MO BRAVE/architecture Houston, TX Brian Feagans – Architect Bangalore, Karnataka (India) Burgeoning Architects Los Angeles, CA Cee Architects San Francisco, CA Charles Rose Architects Inc. Somerville, MA Chris Dawson Architect Harrisburg, PA Connected Solar, LLC Houston, TX CPL Architects and Engineers Fairport, ...
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Dear COTE Members, Let’s celebrate the 2022 COTE Top Ten Awards and the COTE Top Ten for Students Competition winners! This year’s winning teams challenge holistic design discourse across all ten measures of the Framework for Design Excellence. The winners are:  2022 COTE Top Ten Awards 663 South Cooper Street , archimania Edwin M. Lee Apartments , LEDDY MAYTUM STACY Architects, Saida+Sullivan Design Partners Iowa City Public Works , Neumann Monson Architects King Open/Cambridge Street Upper Schools & Community Complex , Arrowstreet Inc. and William Rawn Associates ...
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Learning By Design Magazine publishes its spring 2022 edition Learning By Design recognizes the nation’s preeminent architectural firms by publishing outstanding pre-K to 12 and college/university projects. The spring 2022 edition contains over 58 awarded new university and school facilities and numerous thought-leader editorials on issues pertinent to the future of campus planning. View Learning By Design Magazine spring 2022 edition > View Reflections on the Future of Learning > by Judy Hoskens, AIA and Irene Nigaglioni, AIA Learning By Design Magazine
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By Katie Swenson The 15th anniversary of Women in Green: Voices of Sustainable Design (Ecotone, 2007) by Kira Gould. Hon. AIA, and Lance Hosey, FAIA, gives us a chance to reflect on our progress and, perhaps more importantly, our process. The early and sad loss of co-author Lance Hosey, who died last year, makes all these questions even more poignant, as does the climate science. We know that our future is going to look very different from our past. What we need now more than ever is imagination, and to usher in creativity and resourcefulness.  I had the chance to interview the author duo for Arch News Now in 2008, and Lance shared ...
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By Kathleen Lane & Michael Winn At the Winter 2022 Meeting of the US Conference of Mayors, President Biden unveiled the State and Local Governments Building Performance Standards (BPS) Coalition.  As defined by the Coalition, building performance standards are state and local laws that require existing buildings to achieve minimum levels of energy or climate performance. Retrofits to existing buildings are vital to climate action goals since (according to Architecture 2030) today’s existing buildings represent two thirds of the global building stock that will exist in 2040. Retrofit of existing buildings also represents a significant embodied ...
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As national committees, both the Committee on Climate Action and Design Excellence (CCADE) and the Committee On The Environment (COTE) share an interest in advancing the AIA Climate Action Plan and focusing on the priority topics of Advocacy, Awards, AIA Policies and Operational Implementation, Academic Education, Professional Education (both content and delivery), Public Outreach and Research. Additionally, both CCADE and COTE support the accessibility, implementation, and evolution of the AIA Framework for Design Excellence . The charges and approaches to accomplishing these goals do, however, vary from CCADE to COTE. COTE is ...
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The Network is set to meet again on May 10, when Committee leaders will discuss lessons learned through the hybrid learning/working environment we’re all having to adapt. As COVID restrictions loosen, there are no doubt going to be challenges ahead, but the Committees will be working together to make the transition as manageable and productive as possible. The virtual world presented opportunities to collaborate with others we didn’t think were possible so there will no doubt be new ideas for potential programming and collaboration in the hybrid realm sprouting. We will also hear from Kathleen Lane, AIA, who is an AIA Managing Director, Sustainability & ...
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Requirement 3: Provide regular, readily visible promotion of specific AIA products—AIA Contract Documents, AIA Career Center, AIA Conference on Architecture, and AIAU—in the component’s electronic and print communications. Documentation: Reviewers will examine the URL provided above to review how AIA Contract Documents, the AIA Career Center and AIAU are promoted on the component website. (AIA-hosted Component Web Sites include this promotion automatically.) Homepage of AIA Louisiana Homepage of AIA Monterey Bay
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Requirement 1: Maintain a component website and post at least one (1) upcoming event on your component website at all times. To ensure members and the public can engage easily and directly with the component, provide a dedicated point of contact. Documentation: Reviewers will examine the website for upcoming events and the point of contact.
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Selecting and specifying engineered wood flooring by Joshua Rubin, AIA Selecting and specifying finish materials for a project may seem straightforward and limited to the appropriateness of the application and the finish’s appearance. For some materials, that may be the case. However, the process of selecting and specifying finish materials is typically more involved, requiring consideration of multiple aspects of the material or assembly. Wood flooring, specifically engineered wood flooring, requires careful selection, evaluation, and scrutiny. Description - Hardness Appearance (color, graining, stain) of the top layer of hardwood, or lamella, ...
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As part of our transition to a new database system, we've noticed that some of our formerly visible members are now listed as "Hidden Member" within our community sites. Are you one of them? Here's how to fix this! 1. Login at www.aia.org 2. Go to My Account (click on your name in the upper right, then click on My Account , or use the direct link https://www.aia.org/my-account ) 3. On the right side, look for the top red box which says Manage . In that box, click on Edit > 4. This will open to your Profile edit page. Scroll down to bottom box, labeled Directory . In the upper right corner of this box, click on the ...
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It was Spring Break 2021 and I had a pile of printed material that I had found and downloaded from the AIA Trust’s website. These included “ Creating and Maintaining a Professional Practice ”, “ Making the Transition to Running Your Own Firm ”, and “ How to Start and Run Your Own Firm ”. I had recently decided to start an Architecture practice with my husband after 12 years with the same firm. I started my professional career with this firm following graduate school. My primary mentors were the two founding principals and I didn’t feel comfortable given the circumstances, to ask them for advice. Instead, I turned to Google and the AIA. The resources ...
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It’s just been a few weeks since we returned from the 2022 Small Firm Exchange (SFx) Annual Board Meeting held in San Diego, California and I couldn’t be more excited about the future and the work of the SFx board for this year. During our meetings, the members of the American Institute of Architects SFx Board met to discuss the needs and issues that affect small architectural firms. In some ways, we left with more questions than answers, but in many ways the trajectory of the AIA Small Firm Exchange is exploding for the new year. As we move forward, our focus is on the mission of the SFx to Advocate, Inform and Share for the growth and benefit of all small ...
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By Renauld Deandre Mitchell, FAIA, NOMA, NCARB, LEED®AP Why Object Two? My career has been focused on complex and highly visible educational, civic, and institutional projects. During this time, I’ve observed a persistent lack of broad and socially diverse representation during the design process. In my opinion, this impedes the consensus-building needed to effect truly transformative project outcomes. Serving as a “client-architect” for cultural institutions and governmental entities further illuminated this problem. Largely responsible for connecting my organizations to external stakeholders, I often found myself as the lone voice in the room ...
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By Chris Wasney, FAIA My journey to fellowship began, probably like a lot of other people’s, with several trips to the starting line only to beat a hasty retreat. My chapter does a good job of educating and encouraging participation in this program, and I attended several of their annual “Demystifying Fellowship” programs. I’ve led a successful firm for over 25 years, and I’m very proud of our work, but the daunting part of the qualifications for Fellowship, as the chapter’s fellows explained it to us, was “demonstrating national impact or leadership.” We have a wall full of design awards, most local, some state, none national. Some projects got national press ...
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By Joelle Jefcoat, FAIA I always knew I wanted to be an AIA Fellow. From the time I finished my professional degree, I knew my goal was to be elevated to the College of Fellows. I can remember checking the “years of practice” requirement when I became a registered architect in 2004 and joined the AIA to see when I would be eligible to submit. Hint, it’s 10 years. Looking back, I know that goal was rather ambitious, but I believe it set me on a path to leadership within the profession of architecture. I knew I would not wait until I had a head full of gray hair to get that “F,” so I began thinking about how I could shape my career to better not only ...
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By Bridget Crowther, AIA staff Summary So, you want to be a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects? Fellowship in the Institute is one of the highest honors that the Institute can bestow upon its members. To get fellowship though, you are going to have to make the case to a jury of your peers. This is where it gets hard. There is a ton of wisdom and conflicting myths out there about what the jury is looking for. As the AIA National staff for the program, I wanted to share the insights I have gathered over the years supporting the program, the jury, and providing feedback to unsuccessful candidates. I will debunk the most common myths I hear, ...
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A'22 has all the small firm events and educational opportunities for you and your staff to earn HSW, ADA, GBCI, RIBA, and AIA LU credits for the year . Here are five reasons to bring your small firm to Chicago: 5. Chicago Architecture #louissullivan 4. Educational Foundations #ceus 3. Evolution of Practice #notbim 2. Entrepreneur Tactics #getpaid 1. Build Connections with Peers #beer Here is the event short list. Wednesday, June 22 WE103 | 12:00-1:30p | Small Firms: Making the Pivot to a Sustainability-Focused Practice WE210 | 2:00-3:00p | Pay it Forward: the Benefits of Mentorship at All Ages Thursday, June 23 ...
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